PYC’s World Cafés

83 People, 4 Questions, 2 Locations, 1 Tremendous Result

by John Peterson, Director of Education

PYC Arts & Technology High School (PYC) started on a new voyage this past spring, funded by an educational grant from the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation. To kick it off, we hosted two World Café events, facilitated by our colleagues at Portage Partners Consulting. We asked participants to answer these four questions: 

  1. What do you want students to thank PYC for after they’ve graduated and moved on to their next opportunity? 
  2. What will be PYC’s greatest challenges and opportunities in the next 3 to 5 years? 
  3. What do you value most about PYC? 
  4. What are the greatest untapped resources within our circle of students, parents, staff, and community? 

We heard from all of our stakeholders – students, alumni, parents, staff, board and community members, elected officials, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). Three themes became evident: Maintain PYC’s holistic approach to education. Keep the school at the same location. Always be builders of hope and joy. 

Portage Partners collected the data and deftly distilled it into actionable items. PYC’s Planning Team then created a school mission and vision statement, a list of core values and four major school organizational goals. That plan and more information will be posted on PCYC’s website as the project progresses. Please stay tuned. 

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